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2 (D)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 (E)Blessed be (F)the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing (G)in the heavenly places, 4 (H)even as he (I)chose us in him (J)before the foundation of the world, that we should be (K)holy and blameless before him. In love 5 (L)he predestined us[b] for (M)adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, (N)according to the purpose of his will, 6 (O)to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in (P)the Beloved. 7 (Q)In him we have (R)redemption (S)through his blood, (T)the forgiveness of our trespasses, (U)according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 (V)making known[c] to us the mystery of his will, (W)according to his purpose, which he (X)set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for (Y)the fullness of time, (Z)to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained (AA)an inheritance, (AB)having been predestined (AC)according to the purpose of him who works all things according to (AD)the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be (AE)to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard (AF)the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, (AG)were sealed with the (AH)promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is (AI)the guarantee[d] of our (AJ)inheritance until (AK)we acquire (AL)possession of it,[e] (AM)to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, (AN)because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[f] toward all the saints, 16 I (AO)do not cease to give thanks for you, (AP)remembering you in my prayers, 17 that (AQ)the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, (AR)may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 (AS)having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is (AT)the hope to which he has called you, what are (AU)the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, (AV)according to the working of (AW)his great might 20 that he worked in Christ (AX)when he raised him from the dead and (AY)seated him at his right hand (AZ)in the heavenly places, 21 (BA)far above (BB)all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above (BC)every name that is named, not only in (BD)this age but also in the one to come. 22 And (BE)he put all things under his feet and gave him as (BF)head over all things to the church, 23 (BG)which is his body, (BH)the fullness of him (BI)who fills (BJ)all in all.
By Grace Through Faith
2 (BK)And you were (BL)dead in the trespasses and sins 2 (BM)in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following (BN)the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in (BO)the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in (BP)the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[g] and the mind, and (BQ)were by nature (BR)children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[h] 4 But[i] God, being (BS)rich in mercy, (BT)because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even (BU)when we were dead in our trespasses, (BV)made us alive together with Christ—(BW)by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and (BX)seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable (BY)riches of his grace in (BZ)kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For (CA)by grace you have been saved (CB)through faith. And this is (CC)not your own doing; (CD)it is the gift of God, 9 (CE)not a result of works, (CF)so that no one may boast. 10 For (CG)we are his workmanship, (CH)created in Christ Jesus (CI)for good works, (CJ)which God prepared beforehand, (CK)that we should walk in them.
One in Christ
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called (CL)the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember (CM)that you were at that time separated from Christ, (CN)alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to (CO)the covenants of promise, (CP)having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were (CQ)far off have been brought near (CR)by the blood of Christ. 14 For (CS)he himself is our peace, (CT)who has made us both one and has broken down (CU)in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in (CV)ordinances, that he might create in himself one (CW)new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might (CX)reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and (CY)preached peace to you who were (CZ)far off and peace to those who were (DA)near. 18 For (DB)through him we both have (DC)access in (DD)one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer (DE)strangers and aliens,[j] but you are (DF)fellow citizens with the saints and (DG)members of the household of God, 20 (DH)built on the foundation of the (DI)apostles and prophets, (DJ)Christ Jesus himself being (DK)the cornerstone, 21 (DL)in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into (DM)a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him (DN)you also are being built together (DO)into a dwelling place for God by[k] the Spirit.
The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed
3 For this reason I, Paul, (DP)a prisoner of Christ Jesus (DQ)on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of (DR)the stewardship of (DS)God's grace that was given to me for you, 3 (DT)how the mystery was made known to me (DU)by revelation, (DV)as I have written briefly. 4 (DW)When you read this, you can perceive my insight into (DX)the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery is[l] that the Gentiles are (DY)fellow heirs, (DZ)members of the same body, and (EA)partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7 (EB)Of this gospel I was made (EC)a minister according to the gift of (ED)God's grace, which was given me (EE)by the working of his power. 8 To me, (EF)though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, (EG)to preach to the Gentiles the (EH)unsearchable (EI)riches of Christ, 9 and (EJ)to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery (EK)hidden for ages in[m] God, (EL)who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold (EM)wisdom of God (EN)might now be made known to (EO)the rulers and authorities (EP)in the heavenly places. 11 This was (EQ)according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have (ER)boldness and (ES)access with (ET)confidence through our (EU)faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering (EV)for you, (EW)which is your glory.
Prayer for Spiritual Strength
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom (EX)every family[n] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to (EY)the riches of his glory (EZ)he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit (FA)in your inner being, 17 (FB)so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being (FC)rooted and (FD)grounded in love, 18 may have strength to (FE)comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and (FF)height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ (FG)that surpasses knowledge, that (FH)you may be filled with all (FI)the fullness of God.
20 (FJ)Now to (FK)him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, (FL)according to the power at work within us, 21 (FM)to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Unity in the Body of Christ
4 I therefore, (FN)a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to (FO)walk in a manner worthy of (FP)the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all (FQ)humility and (FR)gentleness, with (FS)patience, (FT)bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in (FU)the bond of peace. 4 There is (FV)one body and (FW)one Spirit—just as you were called to the one (FX)hope that belongs to your call— 5 (FY)one Lord, (FZ)one faith, (GA)one baptism, 6 (GB)one God and Father of all, (GC)who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But (GD)grace was given (GE)to each one of us (GF)according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says,
9 ((GI)In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into (GJ)the lower regions, the earth?[p] 10 He who descended is the one who also (GK)ascended (GL)far above all the heavens, that he might (GM)fill all things.) 11 And (GN)he gave the (GO)apostles, the prophets, the (GP)evangelists, the (GQ)shepherds[q] and teachers,[r] 12 (GR)to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for (GS)building up (GT)the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to (GU)the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, (GV)to mature manhood,[s] to the measure of the stature of (GW)the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, (GX)tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in (GY)deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, (GZ)speaking the truth in love, we are to (HA)grow up in every way into him who is (HB)the head, into Christ, 16 (HC)from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, (HD)when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
The New Life
17 Now this I say and (HE)testify in the Lord, (HF)that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, (HG)in the futility of their minds. 18 They (HH)are darkened in their understanding, (HI)alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to (HJ)their hardness of heart. 19 They (HK)have become callous and (HL)have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you (HM)learned Christ!— 21 assuming that (HN)you have heard about him and (HO)were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to (HP)put off (HQ)your old self,[t] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through (HR)deceitful desires, 23 and (HS)to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on (HT)the new self, (HU)created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you (HV)speak the truth with his neighbor, for (HW)we are members one of another. 26 (HX)Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and (HY)give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather (HZ)let him labor, (IA)doing honest work with his own hands, so (IB)that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 (IC)Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give (ID)grace to those who hear. 30 And (IE)do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, (IF)by whom you were sealed for the day of (IG)redemption. 31 (IH)Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 (II)Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, (IJ)forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Walk in Love
3 But (IQ)sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness (IR)must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be (IS)no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, (IT)which are out of place, but instead (IU)let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that (IV)everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous ((IW)that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 (IX)Let no one (IY)deceive you with empty words, for because of these things (IZ)the wrath of God comes upon (JA)the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore (JB)do not become partners with them; 8 for (JC)at one time you were (JD)darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. (JE)Walk as children of light 9 (for (JF)the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and (JG)try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 (JH)Take no part in the (JI)unfruitful (JJ)works of darkness, but instead (JK)expose them. 12 For (JL)it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when (JM)anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
15 (JQ)Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 (JR)making the best use of the time, because (JS)the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what (JT)the will of the Lord is. 18 And (JU)do not get drunk with wine, for that is (JV)debauchery, but (JW)be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in (JX)psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 (JY)giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father (JZ)in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 (KA)submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives and Husbands
22 (KB)Wives, (KC)submit to your own husbands, (KD)as to the Lord. 23 For (KE)the husband is the head of the wife even as (KF)Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is (KG)himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit (KH)in everything to their husbands.
25 (KI)Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and (KJ)gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by (KK)the washing of water (KL)with the word, 27 so (KM)that he might present the church to himself in splendor, (KN)without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[u] 28 In the same way (KO)husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because (KP)we are members of his body. 31 (KQ)“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and (KR)the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, (KS)let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she (KT)respects her husband.
Children and Parents
6 (KU)Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 (KV)“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, (KW)but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Bondservants and Masters
5 (KX)Bondservants,[v] obey your earthly masters[w] with fear and trembling, (KY)with a sincere heart, (KZ)as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as (LA)people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 (LB)knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, (LC)whether he is a bondservant or is free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, (LD)and stop your threatening, knowing that (LE)he who is both their Master[x] and yours is in heaven, and that (LF)there is no partiality with him.
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, (LG)be strong in the Lord and in (LH)the strength of his might. 11 (LI)Put on (LJ)the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against (LK)the schemes of the devil. 12 For (LL)we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against (LM)the rulers, against the authorities, against (LN)the cosmic powers over (LO)this present darkness, against (LP)the spiritual forces of evil (LQ)in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore (LR)take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in (LS)the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, (LT)having fastened on the belt of truth, and (LU)having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, (LV)as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up (LW)the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all (LX)the flaming darts of (LY)the evil one; 17 and take (LZ)the helmet of salvation, and (MA)the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying (MB)at all times (MC)in the Spirit, (MD)with all prayer and supplication. To that end, (ME)keep alert with all perseverance, making (MF)supplication for all the saints, 19 and (MG)also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth (MH)boldly to proclaim (MI)the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I (MJ)am an ambassador (MK)in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 (ML)So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, (MM)Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may (MN)encourage your hearts.
- Ephesians 1:1 Some manuscripts saints who are also faithful (omitting in Ephesus)
- Ephesians 1:5 Or before him in love, 5having predestined us
- Ephesians 1:9 Or he lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight, making known…
- Ephesians 1:14 Or down payment
- Ephesians 1:14 Or until God redeems his possession
- Ephesians 1:15 Some manuscripts omit your love
- Ephesians 2:3 Greek flesh
- Ephesians 2:3 Greek like the rest
- Ephesians 2:4 Or And
- Ephesians 2:19 Or sojourners
- Ephesians 2:22 Or in
- Ephesians 3:6 The words This mystery is are inferred from verse 4
- Ephesians 3:9 Or by
- Ephesians 3:15 Or from whom all fatherhood; the Greek word patria in verse 15 is closely related to the word for Father in verse 14
- Ephesians 4:8 The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women
- Ephesians 4:9 Or the lower parts of the earth?
- Ephesians 4:11 Or pastors
- Ephesians 4:11 Or the shepherd-teachers
- Ephesians 4:13 Greek to a full-grown man
- Ephesians 4:22 Greek man; also verse 24
- Ephesians 5:27 Or holy and blameless
- Ephesians 6:5 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 6; likewise for bondservant in verse 8
- Ephesians 6:5 Or your masters according to the flesh
- Ephesians 6:9 Greek Lord
- Ephesians 6:23 Or brothers and sisters